San Diego Deadly Motorcycle Crash Attorneys
Compassionate Representation After a Fatal Motorcycle Accident
The sudden loss of a loved one can be exceptionally devastating for the family and friends left behind, and it is certainly a time of distress, sadness, and even confusion if the death was unexpected. Tragically, fatal accidents of all kinds happen frequently in California, but in the instance of a traffic accident claiming a person’s life, the family of the victim has every right to ask if the death of their loved one was preventable and if another party’s negligence was the cause of the accident.
A motorcycle accident can result in serious, life-threatening injuries to a motorcycle driver and his or her passenger, particularly because a motorcycle offers virtually no protection in the event of a collision with a larger vehicle. As such, motorcycle accident fatalities may occur, and it is important for families of the victim to contact a San Diego lawyer so that they can understand their legal rights and options when their loved one loses their life.
Why Pursue a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Emotionally and mentally coping with the unanticipated death of a loved one is hard enough, but the unexpected costs that may arise after the person’s passing and the long-term financial toll it may take makes this tragic situation even more difficult. Though pursuing legal action may be the last thing you and your family want to do, it can certainly be beneficial in the long run and can help alleviate the financial stresses you may encounter. In a fatal traffic accident lawsuit, you can be awarded compensation for different things, including: loss of companionship, death and burial expenses, loss of benefits, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of income.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
In the state of California, state laws outline who is able to file a wrongful death claim against any parties who may be responsible for the death of their loved one. The "proper parties" who can file a wrongful death lawsuit include the victim’s immediate family members, such as the decedent’s surviving spouse or domestic partner or children. Also, if one or both parents or stepchildren were financially dependent on the decedent, they may also have the right to file a wrongful death claim, as well as any minor who has resided in the home of the decedent for the prior six months and been dependent upon the decedent for at least one-half or more of his or her financial support.
Time Limit to File a Claim
An important factor for any family member who may be considering filing a San Diego wrongful death lawsuit is the time in which you have to file as dictated by state law, also known as a statute of limitations. The general statute of limitations for a death in California is two years from the date of the death. However, the California statute of limitations is variable depending on the nature of the action and the status of the plaintiff and the defendants. A qualified San Diego wrongful death motorcycle accident attorney can ensure that, if you decide to file, it is done in a timely manner in accordance with the law.
Compassion and Support After a San Diego Deadly Motorcycle Crash
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult and heartbreaking things anyone will experience in their life, and it is especially hard to understand if the death was sudden and unexpected. The lawyers know how incredibly difficult this time is for you and your family, and we are here to offer the legal guidance and support your family needs. If your loved one’s death was caused by another party’s negligence, we will work diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to in order to alleviate any financial burden so you and your family can focus on coping with the loss of your loved one. Please call our San Diego motorcycle lawyers at (888) 233-5020 for a complimentary consultation.
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